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Sony has just dropped the list price of its stand-alone Blu-ray player, the BDP-S300, from $399 to $299.
Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player
Not all retailers are reflecting this change yet, but Best Buy and Circuit City had it in their advertisements yesterday, and Amazon is currently selling a bundle of the player and a copy of Spider-Man 3 for $294.08. Sony's official online sales site, SonyStyle.com, has the player for $299 as well.
If this player interests you, be sure to read the reviews and compare it to the other Blu-ray players that are available, including the PlayStation 3 game system. The features of these players vary, and this particular unit does not support Profile 1.1 (Bonus View) or Profile 2.0 (online connectivity), so if those things are important to you, you'll need to look elsewhere.
Personally, this player doesn't interest me because of those omitted features. I think the best Blu-ray player available right now is the PlayStation 3, and I'm not even a gamer.
That said, however, it's great to see that Blu-ray players are finally coming down in price. The Samsung BD-P1400 is now going for $270 and the better-rated Sharp Aquos BDHP20U is down to around $380. Panasonic is even giving one away with their plasma TV's.
I think we're on the road to seeing an economically priced, full-featured Blu-ray player in the next 6-7 months! Until that time, this price drop may be just what the doctor ordered if you were hoping that it would be just a little cheaper in time for the holidays!
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